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The Beast on the Road

The Beast On The Road

February – December 1982

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Album Commentary

With the arrival of ex-Samson lead singer Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden successfully overcome the loss of Paul Di'Anno and recorded their most successful and breakthrough album to date – The Number Of The Beast – and even had a radio hit with the Run To The Hills single. Publicity abounded for the band as certain groups branded them as Satanists. However, the fans quickly embraced Bruce who delivered a more theatrical stage presence and live vocal gymnastics. Although Maiden was the opening act for bands like Rainbow, it was this tour when it was decided that Iron Maiden would not be an opening act again. Their first headlining show of the tour took place in New York's Palladium, which was broadcast live on U.S. radio. This show is perhaps the most "bootlegged" of all Maiden shows. This tour also marked Maiden's second appearance at the Reading Festival in London, where Blackfoot's Rick Medlocke joined them on stage during their encore to play a smoking version of ZZ Top's "Tush".

During the Beast On The Road tour, Iron Maiden opened for Rainbow, UFO, 38 Special, Scorpions, Foreigner, and Judas Priest. These bands opened for Maiden: The Rods, Girlschool, Blackfoot, Trust and Vandale.


Opening bands for this tour
The Rods – Official Website Blackfoot – Official Website Bullet – Wikipedia
Trust – Official Website Girlschool – Official Website Heaven – Wikipedia
Scorpions – Official Website Rainbow – Wikipedia 38 Special – Official Website

Judas Priest – Official Website
Standard Set
  Murders In The Rue Morgue Commentary Lyrics
  Wrathchild Commentary Lyrics
  Run To The Hills Commentary Lyrics
  Children Of The Damned Commentary Lyrics
  The Number Of The Beast Commentary Lyrics
  Another Life Commentary Lyrics
  Killers Commentary Lyrics
  22, Acacia Avenue Commentary Lyrics
  Total Eclipse Commentary Lyrics
  Drum solo
  Transylvania Commentary Lyrics
  Guitar solo
  The Prisoner Commentary Lyrics
  Hallowed Be Thy Name Commentary Lyrics
  Phantom Of The Opera Commentary Lyrics
  Iron Maiden Commentary Lyrics
  Sanctuary Commentary Lyrics
  Drifter Commentary Lyrics
  Running Free Commentary Lyrics
  Prowler Commentary Lyrics
Tracks played only at a few venues
  Tush (with Blackfoot)
  I've Got The Fire Commentary Lyrics

The Beast On The Road


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